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A heat wave from Africa will sweep Turkey this week

The heat wave will let its effects be felt from Wednesday or Thursday and will last a week. Temperatures will exceed 30 degrees in Istanbul and Ankara, and will be around 40 in İzmir and Antalya.

Temperatures will soar above 30 degrees this week in various provinces of Turkey as a heat wave from North Africa will sweep across the country, Turkish media reported Monday, citing warnings from meteorology experts.

According to information published by the state news agency Anatolia, temperatures will be between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius above the usual average for this time because of the heat wave, whose effects will begin to be felt from Thursday and it is expected to last for a week.

In the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul, the weather forecast is that thermometers will exceed 30 degrees between Friday 15 and Wednesday 20 May, while in the capital, Ankara, the maximum will reach 30 degrees tomorrow Tuesday and will even reach 35 degrees over the weekend, continuing above the 30 ºC barrier at least until Friday of next week, although skies will remain cloudy.

İzmir, Turkey’s third largest city, will take the brunt

The province of İzmir, the third most populous in Turkey and located on the Aegean coast, will be the one that takes the worst part of the three, since here the thermometers will begin to rise this week to approach 40 degrees during the weekend, and will remain above 30 degrees throughout the following week. Also unlike in Ankara, the forecast is for the skies to remain clear.

In the Turkish Black Sea region, located on the north coast of the country and with a humid climate, temperatures will be milder but will also reach 30 degrees at the weekend, while in places on the Mediterranean coast such as Antalya the maximum during this weekend will be around 40 degrees.

Despite this heat wave from Africa that will sweep Turkey in the coming days, experts recall that there is no scientific evidence that a warmer climate kills the coronavirus, so they urge citizens to respect precautionary measures against the virus, especially if they choose to go outside to relieve the heat. This wave also coincides with the celebration of Ramadan, in which no food or liquids are taken during the day.